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View Poll Results: V6 or V8
V6 7 23.33%
V8 23 76.67%
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Unread 01-06-2003, 10:24 PM   #16
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it's a 5.2L, 318 ci

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Unread 01-06-2003, 11:41 PM   #17
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The only engines for the 1993-1997 GC's were the 4.0L six and the 5.2L V8.

In 1998, and only in 1998, Jeep added the 5.9L V8 to boost sales for that first-generation GC's last year, to go out with a bang. :\

From the new redesigned GC in 1999, both the 5.2L and 5.9L V8's were dropped in favor of a new 4.7L V8. The 4.0L continued to be available but I assume it's on its way out the door....
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Unread 01-07-2003, 08:23 AM   #18
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the 5.9L was also offered on a limited amout of 97 ZJs.
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Unread 01-07-2003, 02:42 PM   #19
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Oh, what, towards the end of the production year they started putting it in? Cool. Wish I'd run across one when I was shopping
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Unread 01-07-2003, 08:07 PM   #20
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How about the reliability? My I-6 is going on 229,000 and runs strong, I have even heard of some I-6's lasting as long as 300,000. Whats the average with the V8? What are the common problems? Thanks -BB
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Unread 01-08-2003, 09:34 PM   #21
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Well the 5.2L is a Dodge Engine and has been around forever. Grant it Chrysler went through a stupid phaze in the late 70s, 80s, and early 90s when their quality was rather poor on their vehicles, (the Caravan and Jeep and Cummins Diesel Trucks were the only things to keep Chrysler afloat more or less) but I have heard of 5.2L equiped GCs with well over 200,000 miles on them before, and I'm sure there are alot of old Trucks out there with the 5.2L in it with alot of miles. The 5.2 was a great engine, almost bullet proof much like the Chevy 350 (5.7L) Same with the dodge, 5.9L And as noted, the 4.0 seems to be a very reliable engine as well, with many people reaching well over 200,000 miles sometimes even close to 300,000 before the engine throws a rod or dies out.
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Unread 01-09-2003, 10:22 AM   #22
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My current 99 WJ is a 4.0L I6. I would recommend the V8. I have done some performance mods (Mike Leach header, K&N filter, high flow exhaust w/cat) and it still seems slightly underpowered at times. It's ok if you don't tow/haul full loads of people all the time. If you live in the mountains you will also not like the fact it does more shifting back & forth on hills. My parents had an '00 V8 & now have an '03 V8. I've driven both..... gas mileage is the same as mine & much better power. I won't buy anything but a V8 now if I get another Jeep.
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Unread 01-09-2003, 03:11 PM   #23
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The 4.0L was a much better base engine for 1993-98, but with the second-generation 1999-up GC's being larger and weighing more, it probably does feel a bit more anemic. It's time for a more updated engine -- an engine similar to the 270hp six in the Envoy.

Here's an idea -- let's see a Hemi 4.0L as the new base engine!
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Unread 01-09-2003, 09:30 PM   #24
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feel the power

Dude, this is the fastest car I ever owned (owned a 70 cougar with 390 sixpackonce). Smoked a firebird the other day... And when we go camping we bring everything. 700 pounds of stuff.....
There is no difference, a six would lagg I know it. Also, from what I heard the gass milage is about even
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Unread 01-10-2003, 09:57 AM   #25
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The 4.0 is no longer produced except for in the Wrangler. The Grand Cherokee now only has the 4.7L in it, either the standard or the high output model.
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Unread 01-10-2003, 10:53 AM   #26
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I'm happy with the 4.0. It may not be a v8, but it is still pretty fast and powerful compared to the SUV's on the road of those years.
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Unread 01-10-2003, 11:16 AM   #27
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The 4.0L is already cancelled in the GC? Hmm, the 4.0L engine is still all over Grand Cherokee section of the Jeep website for the 2003 models....

You mean it's cancelled for 2004??
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Unread 01-10-2003, 09:08 PM   #28
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Think about how you are going to use your JEEP, Think about your Enivornment. For hills and acceleration factors I recommend the V8, but from a finanical side and long travel I recommend the V6. Remember ultimately you make to decision (GET THE V8).
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Unread 01-10-2003, 09:10 PM   #29
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yes

get the V8
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Unread 01-10-2003, 09:35 PM   #30
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My 5.2 has 145000 miles on it and is still very strong.
I can keep up with my buddys GMC 2wd and he has a
350 with some kind of crazy crossfire injection .
Of course my jet chip helps..
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